By Hilary Mantel
Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton
Directed by ted witzel and Geraint Wyn Davies
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As potent forces of politics, sex and religion unsettle the England of Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son who has risen to become the king’s trusted confidant, seems immune to the swirl of gossip and intrigue around him. But beneath his unassuming exterior, this man at the eye of the storm is himself a master player in the games of power.
Production support is generously provided by Jody & Deborah Hamade and by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine.
Support for the 2020 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.
Geraint Wyn Davies, Amaka Umeh, André Sills. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: Co-director of and Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall. 16th season. Stratford (selected): Elyot Chase, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Peter Teazle, Falstaff, Fluellen, Claudius, Möbius, Cook (Mother Courage), Antony, Duke Vincentio, Leicester, Cymbeline, Malachi Stack, King Arthur, Stephano, Dylan Thomas, Julius Caesar, Bottom, Polonius, Henry Higgins, Henry V, Bassanio, Tom Fashion, D'Artagnan, Richmond, Edward IV, Hortensio, Antipholus of Syracuse, Pericles. Elsewhere: N.Y.C.: King Lear (Lincoln Center); Poetic License; Do Not Go Gentle; Women Beware Women (Red Bull); Canadian Stage's Liv Stein, The Elephant Man; Shaw Festival, five seasons; Prospero, Richard III, Cyrano (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Love's Labour's Lost (RSC); Hamlet, Henry VIII (Chichester); An Enemy of the People (Lyric Hammersmith, London); two seasons, Theatr Clwyd's artistic associate (Welsh national Company). Film/TV: The Scottish Play, ReGenesis, Murdoch Mysteries, 24, Slings and Arrows, Black Harbour, Airwolf, Forever Knight, American Psycho II, Hypercube, One of the Hollywood Ten, Conspiracy of Fear.
2020: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, Player Queen in Hamlet and Thomas More in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies in Bad Times); Escape from Happiness, Better Living, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (ATP). Film/TV: Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures), Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM), Breakout Kings. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Leisure Society; nominations for How Do I Love Thee? and Happy Place.
2020: Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Zelda Schneller inThe Front Page and appeared in Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere (selected): The Comedy of Errors, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Gut Girls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (University of Victoria);Twelfth Night (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (SATCo); The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse). Film/TV (selected): Grand Unified Theory (Second Chance Productions); The Haunting Hour (Hub Network); Mr. Hockey (CBC); Supernatural (CW). Training: BFA, University of Victoria. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude, thank you!
2020: Christophe, Jane Rochford in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Swing in The Neverending Story, Desdemona understudy in Othello. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe/Kildare Company); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company); Helen in One Side of an Ampersand (Flying Radio Theatre). Film/TV: Killjoys (guest star), Sugar Daddy (supporting), Benson (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Samanthology (principal), Queen of the Bums (lead), The Spectre (principal). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson).
2020: Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Suffolk in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well (2008). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: 11 seasons including An Octoroon, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Higgins in Pygmalion, Bernard in Arcadia (with transfer to Royal Alexandra Theatre), Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Dunois to Tara Rosling's Saint Joan (with tour to Chicago Shakespeare). Also, productions with Bard on the Beach (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Caravan Farm Theatre, Citadel, Vertigo (Gaslight), Globe (Elizabeth Rex, Glass Menagerie), Blyth Festival (Outdoor Donnellys), Segal Centre (The Seagull), Tarragon (The Message, Realistic Joneses), Factory, Canadian Stage, Mirvish (Lord of the Rings), Great Canadian Theatre Company, National Arts Centre (including each of the five Shakespeares directed there by Marti Maraden). Film/TV: Recent work includes Anne with an E, In the Dark, Spiral.
2020: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Ophelia in Hamlet and appears in Wolf Hall. Third season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Crucible, Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Jane Grey, Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); Cordelia, King Lear (Bard on the Beach/Theatre Calgary); Desdemona, Othello (Shakespeare Company); Luciana, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow); Sarah, Shakespeare's Rebel (Bard on the Beach); Molly Aster, Peter and the Starcatcher; Fanny, A Christmas Carol; Ginger Rogers, Make Mine Love (Citadel); Crissy, HAIR (Mayfield); Love's Labour's Lost, Blood Wedding, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre); Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel (Edmonton Opera). Film/TV: Secret Life of Girls, Snowflake, Algorithms, Paris, Walking the Line. Voiceover: Mass Effect 3 (EA Games). Training: BFA, U of A; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Excellence; Dashy Goody Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance.
2020: Peter in Wendy & Peter Pan and Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: The Neverending Story, Henry VIII, The Crucible. Elsewhere: I and You (Outlook Theatre), The Secret Garden (Young People's Theatre), The Nails (SummerWorks), Animal Nature (Clay and Paper Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (GBTS). Film/TV: Impulse (YouTube Red). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Esther Farlinger Theatre Scholarship; David Walden Memorial Award; Corus Entertainment Scholarship. Et cetera: Love to Christine and family. Online: @jakeruneckles.
Heath V. Salazar (they/them)
2020: Rafe in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Stratford: Actor in the Stratford Festival Script Incubator, guest artist in the Stratford Festival Laboratory Ensemble: Latinx Unit. Elsewhere: Shakespeare in High Park (Canadian Stage), Shove it Down My Throat (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), The Wolves (Howland Company/Crow's Theatre), Territorial Tales (Canadian Stage), Chasse-Galerie (Storefront Theatre). Film/TV: Principal role in Titans (Warner Bros.), principal role in Designated Survivor (Netflix), featured artist in Canada's a Drag (CBC Arts), Goneril and the King of France in Languages (Perspeculum Productions). Training: Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Performance - Ensemble for Chasse-Gallerie (Storefront Theatre). Online: @theirholiness. Et cetera: Heath dedicates this performance to the memory of their abuelito Carlos.
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